When I first profiled O Presidente back in January, half of the band was living in the Bay Area, while the other half was still finishing off their college degrees at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Finally reunited this past summer following graduation, it seems the band is going through another transition, but bandleader Andrew Zingg intends to forge on under the same moniker. “Our lineup is still in flux a bit,” Zingg recently told me via email. “Nathaniel Draper and Thomas Yopes are skipping town, so we’ve got to fill their shoes.” While Zingg and bandmate Tobias Butler figure things out in terms of personnel, Butler is playing the role of multi-instrumentalist, manning the guitar, keys, and drums, and they added bassist Swen Hendrickson, who may spend some time behind the drum kit as well.
All of these lineup changes haven’t stopped Zingg and company from getting to work on new material. “As far as recording goes, we are planning on doing it DIY-style at our rehearsal space in Oakland, demoing tracks for our new record,” wrote Zingg. “We’ve written most of the material we plan to record, but hopefully some new songs/experiments will emerge from the process as well.”
O Presidente plans to debut some of those new tracks tomorrow night, when they join Pancho-san at the Make-Out Room. Get full details on that gig and listen to O Presidente’s first full-length Clube de Futbol, below.
O Presidente, Pancho-san
December 13, 2013
7:30pm, $8 (21+)